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Composition in Black and WhiteThe Life of Philippa Schuyler$
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Kathryn Talalay

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780195113938

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195113938.001.0001

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(p.113) 15 Farewell
Composition in Black and White

Kathryn Talalay

Oxford University Press

It was not only Philippa's world that had tumbled, her parents' married life had also reached an impasse. They didn't quarrel about money nor over the way their daughter was raised, but the issue they clashed on was the interracial nature of their marriage which had always been an overwhelming societal strain. In addition to these marital difficulties lay conflicting differences in temper and life-style. Josephine dogmatically adhered to ideas about purity and believed in devoting her life loving only one man while George was a devoted epicure and an unchanged womanizer. Nothing seemed to help to relieved Philippa's depression, even a proposal of marriage from a handsome African prince by the name of Dr. Nwafor Orizu, who would later become acting president of Nigeria, did not boost her flagging spirits. Added to Josephine's problems were issues she had concerning her relationship with her daughter.

Keywords:   marriage problems, parents' marriage, societal strain, depression, proposal, Dr. Nvafor Orizu

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